Ceiling fans are such simple home gadgets that they're easy to overlook. When it's hot, you flip a switch or press ''taste' on - and forget about them until the warmer months return. But did you know there's a simple way to make your ceiling fan more useful year-round?
Most ceiling fans are designed to rotate clockwise and counter-clockwise. A clockwise direction draws cool air up and forces warm air down, which is great for winter or anytime you're cold. A counterclockwise direction creates a downward airflow to cool you -- perfect for summer or anytime you're hot. A downward draft from a ceiling fan can make you feel up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit cooler, which means you can rely less on air conditioning in the peak season.
But wait, there's even better news: It'll be super easy to change the rotation of your ceiling fan. Here's how to make the most of your ceiling fan in any season.
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Change the direction your fan rotates.
The motor housing on your ceiling fan should have a switch under the blades. Make sure your fan is turned off and flip the switch to reverse the direction of your heat pump. This quick and easy adjustment makes your fan usable no matter the season.
If your fan has a remote, it may have reversing buttons for the blades.
In the winter, you don't want cold air blowing on you. Because of this, most people turn their fans off in an attempt to avoid repercussions. But did you know a ceiling fan that is configured to rotate in the correct direction can actually warm you up? (I didn't.)
When you want a warming effect, your fan should be turned in octomo. Instead of pushing cool air down, it pulls it up, which forces the warm air near the ceiling (remember, heat rises) back down. Again, stand underneath your fan while it's on to check the direction. If the fan is spinning in the wrong direction, turn it off and flip the switch.
In the hottest months of the year, you want your fan to cool you. For that to happen, your fan must push air down. This downward airflow creates a cooling, wind-chill effect that's perfect for summer.
To check the current setting of your fan, sit underneath it while it's running and see which direction the blades are rotating. If they're rotating clockwise, turn the fan off, wait for it to stop spinning, and flip the switch. If your fan is rotating in a counterclockwise direction, you're all set.
This trick doesn't have to be used exclusively in the summer or winter -- you don''m not required to rotate it counter-clockwise all summer and clockwise throughout winter.
If you ever want to make a room feel warmer or cooler, simply reverse the fan's direction to feel more comfortable without having to rely on your heat or AC too much.